Friday, April 17, 2009

Few weeks at IIMB and best of blogging

Its been a while since I have written since my first day at IIMB. Well, we are in week 2 now. Its been quite a busy time. Back to back classes whole day, had 2 tests in the first week, have one again tomorrow and have 3 next week. Life has been anything but busy.
But overall, it's been fun, the professors are amazing and I am learning a world of things. Its been barely two weeks and I am sure I can confidently talk about supply-demand, market equilibrium, profit and loss statement, cashflow, balance sheet, organization structure, motivation factors, etc etc. We had frequent interaction with the EPGP chair and he always make sure to ask us about how we are doing, how we are coping up with the program. Moreover, he mentioned how he has handpicked best of the faculty for our course, and I can definitely see that.

The class is extremely interactive, and I have learned a lot from them. People have spent 15-16 yrs in the industry, heading various divisions, made presentations or regularly interacted with CXO's. All high achievers but down to earth.

On the other note, I am honored that my blog has been nominated for best of blogging by clearadmit. Thanks Clearadmit. It's been some journey for me for my application process, and I have gained immense experience along the way, which I tried to capture through this blog. If someone has any questions about GMAT, or application process in general and IIMB in particular, please feel free to email me. I would be happy to answer them. It's with these blogs that I developed better understanding of application through fellow applicants, and better understanding of the schools through the bloggers of the school. I would like to do the same for the future applicants. So keep the question coming and good luck.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Finally at IIMB

I moved to Bangalore yesterday. Got apartment, lot of things to be done in that, but got me few basic things to make me up and running. Most importantly, I got internet connection. Things are little different in india, but I am trying to adjust. I did not know quite a few things but now I am much more aware.

Yesterday evening, we attended 34th convocation at IIMB and heard good speeches from Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of the board of directors, IIMB and chief guest for the function, Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah. Both of them stressed on tough times ahead and importance of keeping head high and work with perseverance. It was a good time.

Today was the first day for our two days orientation. We started with inauguration of the EPGP by lighting the lamp by chief guest Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-shaw, CMD of Biocon. She gave an interesting speech on how to deal with the tough times ahead and gave an overview of how she started Biocon and challenges she faced.

In the afternoon we had other team building events and conducted by one of the visiting faculty at IIMB.

So far, I am really excited about the program and I like my batchmates. Although majority of them are engineers and come from IT, but we still have quite a bit diversity and people have come from places such as medicine, army, arts, non-profit, commerce and general management.

Btw, on a side note, I recently got admitted at McCombs and that came the last day I was leaving US. After deliberating for quite some time and even few days after reaching India, I finally decided to deny the offer. I will know after an year whether I made the right decision.

But so far, I am enjoying at IIMB, although living in Bangalore is bit challenging. The traffic condition is horrible, and there are frequent power cuts. I hope I will adjust to the situation fast enough as the classes are starting on 6th Apr.

Keep watching this space for more updates :)